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    129,335

    Total Church Membership

    0.1% 1-in-981

    Population vs. Church Members

    28

    Stakes

    1010

    261

    Congregations

    157 Wards
    104 Branches

    64

    Family History Centers

    64

    3

    Temples

    7

    Missions | 13 Districts

    History

    Elder Heber J. Grant, then a member of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and three missionaries arrived in Japan in August 1901. On September 1, on a hill in Yokohama, they dedicated the Church's first mission in Asia. The Book of Mormon was translated by young Alma O. Taylor over a five-year period and published in 1909. Missionary work was discontinued not long after the great Tokyo earthquake of 1923. It was resumed in 1948 after the end of World War II. Prior to the arrival of the missionaries, LDS servicemen in the occupation forces, including Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had planted many seeds and baptized a handful of members, such as Tatsui Sato, who did a revised translation of the Book of Mormon that was published in 1957.

    Church membership grew rapidly after the war. The first Latter-day Saint meetinghouse constructed by the Church in Asia was dedicated in April 1964 by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In August 1975, construction of the Tokyo Temple was announced by Church President Spencer W. Kimball at an all-Japan conference in Tokyo to 9,800 members, who responded with spontaneous applause. The temple was the first temple in Asia and was dedicated in October 1980. The Fukuoka Temple was dedicated in 2000, and a third temple to be built in Sapporo was announced in October 2009. At the end of 2010, Church membership in Japan was 125,419.

     

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    Osamu Sekiguchi
    Tokyo, Japan
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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    578,944

    Members

    2,010

    Congregations

    Missions

    32Missions

    Family History Centers

    281

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,181,411

    Members

    2,124

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    336

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    512,269

    Members

    1,408

    Congregations

    Missions

    42Missions

    Family History Centers

    704

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,254,663

    Members

    18,167

    Congregations

    Missions

    192Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,530

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    552,825

    Members

    1,251

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    299

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,038,057

    Members

    5,546

    Congregations

    Missions

    94Missions

    Family History Centers

    941

    Temples

    17Temples